‘Hell is Other People‘ is an app that displays where your friends are based on their social media check-ins so you can determine how to avoid them. The experiment in anti-social media uses FourSquare to track friends and provides an avoidance map with green points that represent “safe zones” that are optimally-distanced from their check-ins.
Developed by designer Scott Garner, the project is part satire, part commentary on his disdain for social media, and part exploration of his difficulties with social anxiety.
Powered by the FourSquare API and hosted on the Heroku cloud application platform, the project was developed using the Express web application framework for Node.js. The map is generated using the Google Maps API with custom styling and the “safe zones” are calculated by generating a Voronoi diagram with user check-ins as seeds.
You can check out a video of Garner taking a walk using the “safe zones” generated by the app below: